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A story in the New York Times reports that as biofuels made from crops have caused food prices to rise, alternative means of creating biofuels are being encouraged -- but with caveats. Biofuels derived from weeds or grass, for example, "are what scientists label invasive species ... that have an extraordinarily high potential to escape biofuel plantations, overrun adjacent farms and natural land, and create economic and ecological havoc in the process," the story says.

No offense to JGI, but what ever happened to good old solar power?

 

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Seven individuals have been named to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, ScienceInsider reports.

Retraction Watch reports that a series of tweets led to expression of concern for a PLOS Genetics paper, a move the paper's authors disagree with.

Researchers have sequenced pumas from North and South America to enable better identification of inbreeding, Cosmos magazine reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: ways to find cell death or proliferation signatures, Han Chinese population genome database, and more.